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Law expert: Wis. court has become ‘laughingstock’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin law professor says bickering among the state’s Supreme Court justices has made the court a “laughingstock.”

His comments come after a liberal justice accused a conservative court member of choking her during an argument earlier this month.

University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor Bernard Schweber said infighting has made the court a laughingstock and the justices have become fodder for late-night comics.

He also said the problems go beyond the recent fight. He said the court has lost respect as outside interests pour money into the justices’ elections and the court grown more partisan.

Gov. Scott Walker said earlier Monday the court must resolve its differences to restore public confidence in the institution.

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